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Gish Jen
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  • About this Author
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Gish Jen is the author of three previous novels and a book of stories. Her honors include the Lannan Literary Award for fiction and the Mildred and Harold Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives with her husband and two children in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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The Love Wife

Written by Gish Jen


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 11, 2005
Price: $14.00

From the talented Gish Jen comes a barbed, moving, and stylistically dazzling new novel about the elusive nature of kinship. The Wongs describe themselves as a “half half” family, but the actual fractions are more complicated, given Carnegie’s Chinese heritage, his wife Blondie’s WASP background, and the various ethnic permutations of... Read more >
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The Love Wife

Written by Gish Jen


Format: eBook, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 14, 2004
Price: $9.99

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Mona in the Promised Land
A Novel
Written by Gish Jen


Format: eBook, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 29, 2012
Price: $11.99

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Mona in the Promised Land
A Novel
Written by Gish Jen


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 1, 1997
Price: $15.95

In this ebullient and inventive novel, Gish Jen restores multiculturalism from high concept to a fact of life. At least that's what it becomes for teenaged Mona Chang, who in 1968 moves with her newly prosperous family to Scarshill, New York, where the Chinese have become "the new Jews." What could... Read more >
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Typical American

Written by Gish Jen


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 8, 2008
Price: $15.00

From the beloved author of Mona in the Promised Land and The Love Wife comes this comic masterpiece, an insightful novel of immigrants experiencing the triumphs and trials of American life.

Gish Jen reinvents the American immigrant story through the Chang family, who first come to the United States with... Read more >

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Who's Irish?
Stories
Written by Gish Jen


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 13, 2000
Price: $15.00

"Sparkling...a gently satiric look at the American Dream and its fallout on those who pursue it."—The New York Times

With dazzling wit and compassion, Gish Jen—author of the highly acclaimed novels Typical American and Mona in the Promised Land—looks at ambition and compromise at century's end and finds that much of the... Read more >
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Who's Irish?
Stories
Written by Gish Jen


Format: eBook, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 29, 2012
Price: $11.99

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World and Town

Written by Gish Jen


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Price: $15.95

Hattie Kong, a retired teacher and a descendant of Confucius, has decided that it’s time to start over. She moves to the peaceful New England town of Riverlake, a place that once represented the rock-solid base of American life. Instead of quietude, Hattie discovers a town challenged by cell-phone towers, chain... Read more >
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World and Town

Written by Gish Jen


Format: eBook, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 5, 2010
Price: $11.99

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